Harbor Island Stories

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The San Salvador, a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s Spanish galleon being built by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, should hit the water in mid-January. Facts I learned about Cabrillo while visiting the build ...

Government gushes tax dollars at bayside bash

Consultant got fat commission for TSA pipeline party on Harbor Island

Did taxpayers get a raw deal at a high-dollar pipeline conference run by the ever-controversial U.S. Transportation and Security Administration — infamous for airport frisking gropes and other mishaps — at a bayside San Diego ...

Revised Harbor Island plan adds hotels

Extra density not sought by Sunroad proposal

The Port of San Diego has completed an environmental study that could serve as a precursor to expanded development on the east side of Harbor Island. As many as three hotels and 500 rooms may ...

Tom Ham's Lighthouse remodels and debuts new menu

Historic Harbor Island restaurant gets an overhaul.

Harbor Island landmark Tom Ham’s Lighthouse recently underwent a $3.5 million renovation by late architect Graham Downes, who reimagined the interior design and bayfront bar. Boasting views of the San Diego Bay, the downtown skyline, ...

All American Hero Run

Not Greatest American Hero?

With all the themed running events, I was so excited when I first saw this one because for a split second I thought this was The Greatest American Hero 10K and 5K. Believe it or ...

Yacht Fire on Harbor Island

A large yacht went up in flames on Harbor Island near downtown Wednesday morning just after 11 a.m. Smoke from the fire, which was docked at Harbor Island Marina, blew over downtown and was visible ...

C-Level's Summer Solace

According to C-Level’s bar manager Jonathan Boyle, who developed the drink, the Summer Solace is both a backward look at the high season of sun and fun and a cool companion on that slow, leafy ...

To the Lighthouse

“Oh, Oysters, come and walk with us!” the Walrus did beseech. “A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk, along the briny beach.” — Lewis Carroll Aagh, Valentine’s Day coming again — probably the worst night of ...

Harbor Island Moon Walk

Can Tuesdays ever be romantic? Next Tuesday (March 10) truly is, by virtue of the full moon rising nearly at the time of sunset. Start the evening with an easy stroll. What better place is ...

San Diego Bay Bike Ride

Here’s a bicycle ride that’s practically a land-based equivalent of the harbor cruise covering north San Diego Bay. Over an out-and-back stretch of 16 miles, you’re seldom far from the water, and the ease of ...

Hearing No Evil

Fighting a two-front war with the Federal Aviation Administration over the too-tall high-rise he is building near Kearny Mesa's Montgomery Field and two towers he's proposing for Harbor Island near Lindbergh Field, Sunroad Enterprises' Aaron ...

T Minus 14

As more of us work longer hours, increasing numbers of restaurants are ready to rescue us from our T-Day time-crunch by serving Thanksgiving Day dinner, either to eat-in or take home. To snag a table, ...

She Sells C-Food by the Shore

The first warm day of spring, I headed for Harbor Island to catch some rays at lunch. A few minutes later, I was sitting on the lanai at the water's edge at Island Prime C ...

Blue Oyster Cult

It started with a single oyster, a pearl of an oyster. The occasion was one of those Taste of the Gaslamp eat-arounds a few years ago. Too many of the participating restaurants took the cheap ...

City streets and concrete paths accommodate bicyclists along San Diego Bay.

Here's a bicycle ride that's practically a land-based equivalent of a harbor cruise on San Diego Bay. Over an out-and-back stretch of 16 miles, you're seldom far from the water, and the ease of gliding ...

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